Health

Daily activities that can prevent spot outbreaks!

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  1. Wash your face everyday

    Just like brushing your teeth do this once in the morning and once at night, use your hands or muslin clothes as flannels and sponges can irritate the skin.

  2. Use sunscreen everyday

    The sun and the damage it causes is the main reason for dark spots on the skin, using sunscreen over SPF 30 stops the UVB and UVA rays which damage the skin. I personally find BB Creams do a great job to help protect and moisturise your skin!

  3. Get out more

    Exercising daily improves circulation and your immune system, this can be moderate exercise like walking for fifteen minutes, and remember to wash your face afterwards to prevent dirt and sweat causing more spots.

  4. Try not to touch your face

    Touching your face causes you to transfer bacteria and dirt which leads to more spots. So please resist!

  5. Moisturise

    Find a moisturiser which suits your skin type and apply it in the morning and at night to help combat spots before they happen. Even if you have acne, find an oil free one, don’t think to avoid it, it really helps protect your skin!

  6. Cut down on cosmetics

    Most makeup a contain oils and other ingredients which are harmful to the skin and cause spots therefore you should aim to use it sparingly or find products which benefit the skin. Try organic or having make-up free days… you can sure tell the difference!

  7. Wash your hair frequent and makeup brushes

    Dirty hair can cause a dirty face, transferring oils and bacteria that build up over the day. Make sure to tie back longer hair to keep it off the face and clean your makeup brushes as they trap in dirt… or simply just use your hands! They are much more cleaner and regular cleaned than your brushes!

  8. Take time to relax

    Stress has been liked to spots and is a known cause of breakouts, it’s no use following the advice beforehand if you’re stressed out all the time.

Food & Drink

How Do Food Allergies Cause Acne?

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Food allergies are the number one cause of acne, and the worse the acne is the more likely food allergies are involved. Eating a food to which the body is allergic leads to a continuous toxic reaction. The immune system fights the food as if it were an invading organism. This can cause inflammation in the skin (and many other conditions), as well as the need to eliminate the toxin.

What Foods cause acne? 
There isn’t just one food that causes acne. Any food allergy is able to produce acne. However, the most common cause of acne is usually dairy products.

Why is it so difficult to recognise your own food allergy? 
This is problematic because of the often delayed nature of food allergies. Allergy symptoms may show up hours or even a day later, after a food is well absorbed into your system. And acne generally doesn’t come and go quickly enough to be associated with food.

This difficulty is compounded by the fact that certain foods, such as dairy and wheat, are so prevalent in our diet that many people eat them nearly every day. Therefore connecting your symptoms with your eating habits is often nearly impossible.

What causes a food allergy? 
It is most likely that food allergies are genetically predetermined. In the big picture, humans have only recently introduced many current day foods into the diet, so it’s not surprising that the immune system doesn’t recognize every food as a friendly substance.
However, we undoubtedly do not understand everything there is to know about food or food allergies.

Health

Why do Antibiotics help, but only temporarily?

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Most people think that getting acne is a normal part of life. But why do some people get acne when others do not? Commercial treatments for acne only focus on keeping the skin clean and clearing clogged pores. This sounds like a good approach but that technique doesn’t necessarily work for everyone!  Some people have to obsessively clean their skin to get rid of acne whereas that method doesn’t work on some!

The real problem with this approach is that acne develops from inside the body, not outside. The skin is an organ, and it is an organ of elimination. We eliminate waste products through our skin, just as we loose minerals when we sweat.  Too many toxins inside the body can lead to inflammation in the skin resulting in clogged pores and acne. In order to treat the cause of the acne we must first remove the toxins.

Acne and other blemished skin conditions are mainly caused by food allergies. Hormone imbalances may also play a role, but are largely over-rated. Fortunately both are treatable.

The inflamed and clogged pores of acne become infected. This is what causes puss. Antibiotics may help treat this infection. Unfortunately, acne comes back when the antibiotics are discontinued because the underlying cause that leads to inflammation and clogged pores, toxins in the body, still exists. So as a result of this, we can’t rely or constantly re use antibiotics because they only work for a short period of time. The best solution is to eliminate foods until you start seeing an improvement (start with removing sugary foods, trans fats and dairy products).

Health

What is Acne and what causes it?

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Acne is a skin condition that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin which are called pores, join to the oil glands under the skin. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.

The sebum and skin cells can sometimes clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug causes swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows. There are different type of pimples, the most common are the following:


Whiteheads
– These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.

Blackheads – These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black. The black colour is not from dirt.

Papules – These are small pink bumps that can be tender.

Pustules – These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.

Nodules – These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin.

Cysts – These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars.

Health

The 3 different stages of Eczema

There are different stages of eczema which play heavily into treatment. It is important to understand what the different stages are as certain treatments work better during different stages of a rash. The three stages of eczema are the acute stage, the subacute stage and the chronic stage. All three stages respond well to topical steroids and antihistamines like Benadryl and Zyrtec. That is why doctors prescribe you products including these. If the bacteria has invaded the skin during any stage, an oral antibiotic such as cephalexin or dicloxacillin is useful too.

Acute Stage

“Acute” refers to the fact that the rash has just started. Some characteristics of acute eczema include:

  • Blisters
  • Extreme redness
  • Intense itching
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Heat

An over the counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine can be used to suppress the immune system. Antibiotics can be prescribed to reduce inflammation and treat infection. Eczema tends to be very intense during this initial phase, and in some cases, steroids are used.

Subacute Stage

The subacute stage is the transitional phase between the acute stage and chronic stages. The eczema rash evolves and takes on these new characteristics:

  • Flaky, scaly skin
  • Less redness
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Itching, burning and/or stinging

Symptoms are still present during the subacute stage, but they are much less intense than the acute stage. Moisturisers can be used to hydrate dry, flaky skin, coal tar can be used to relieve itching and antihistamines can be used to reduce inflammation.

Chronic Stage

Eczema doesn’t spend a certain amount of time in the subacute stage. Each case of eczema transitions from stage to stage differently. The chronic stage refers to eczema flares that last 3 or more months. Chronic eczema is quite different from the other two stages in the following ways:

  • Thickened, leathery-looking skin, or lichenification
  • Accentuated skin lines
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Skin appears dark and dull
  • Larger areas of skin breakdown called excoriations
  • Itching

Symptoms are at their most severe during the chronic stage which affects the course of treatment. If over the counter products cannot ease the symptoms, prescription topical steroids can be used. They are often more effective when covered with a barrier such as plastic wrap. Keep using moisturisers regularly can also very helpful during this stage.

Skincare

Why you should moisturise your skin!

Many people who suffer from acne think that they should avoid moisturising because of the possibility of clogging pores or adding oil to the skin that could lead to further breakouts. However, that isn’t the case as not all moisturisers!

In fact, gentle cleansing and moisturising has been shown to be beneficial for problematic skin such as acne and eczema prone skin. Look for products that are labelled as non comedogenic or oil free for acne prone skin and oil for dry skin, which means they won’t clog pores. (I use different types depending on my skin that day)

Moisturising reduces the chances of skin problems.

Using the right kind of moisturiser for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up.

Moisturising can reduce the appearance of other blemishes.

Freshly moisturised skin has a healthy glow, which can  help distracting from any existing blemishes. Some moisturisers have some tint (I live for BB cream).

Moisturising helps your skin stay young.

It is important to keep top of looking after your most sensitive areas of your skin – the face, ears, neck, and chest. Moisturising can help give your sensitive skin the boost it needs to repair itself and stay healthy.

Moisturising fights wrinkles.

It is apparent that people with properly moisturised skin accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. Do it for the future you!

It relaxes you.

Let’s face it – after a hot shower, skin feels great but we need to realise that it strips the moisture right out of your skin. Taking just a minute to put on some moisturiser will make sure your skin isn’t only clean, but helps take that weight off your shoulders by making you feel more relaxed and at ease!

Positivity

My top 10 tips to reduce stress!

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I’m the queen of being overly worried and stressed! So by no means, I don’t know the answers to how to get rid of stress I’m afraid… If only there was a switch to just turn it off! But, I can at least give my personal advice and tips on how to get out of the stress ASAP!

Stress is completely normal and everyone deals with it from time to time. A little bit of stress is considered good as it helps push you to your goals, however too much stress can take its toll. But what is the definition of stress? It is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, and pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope.

Below are just some of the things I personally like to do when I get too stressed out:

1. Give yourself a break

Stop whatever you are doing which is stressing you out and put your life on pause! Don’t worry about the future and put your feet up because you need to look after your no.1 (yourself). So put your secretly loved jams or TV shows on and just R-E-L-A-X!

2. Treat yourself

One thing I have developed is a shopping addiction in our to snap me out of stress. Why? Simply because it distracts me and calms me down. I don’t always have money to spend whenever I please but just browsing works well with me! So if you want a dessert at your favourite restaurant or buy a new top for the weekend then… why not!

3. See my friends/family

I’m lucky that I have lovely friends and family that help distress me when I feel most stressed. My mum sends me cheesy motivational quotes via Facebook and I cringe so much but it does half work! You could talk out the problem or the worry with someone or they can be someone who helps distract you from it! Either way, I always feel like they help!

4. Be Active

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has finished a gym session or a run and not felt more positive than they did to start with. So if you can find time to do any form of exercise even if it is just a walk round to begin with, at least it is something!

5. Write it down

Just like what I’m doing now! I always find writing my problems out on paper or on the computer etc helps me express myself and just makes me more positive in myself. Alternatively, it also helps me pin point what is the actual problem. I don’t know if it’s me but give it a try and see if it benefits you.

6. Turn a negative into a positive

The older I get, the wiser I get. I look at the bigger picture and I feel like everyday is precious to me so turning the negative into a positive is the main one which helps me to snap out of the stress. For example I’m doing this blog to help people learn and help from my own experience, I don’t have to but it’s turning it into a positive eh? See if you can do it to yours 🙂

7. Structure myself

Get your calendar out and plan! If you haven’t got a calendar of some sort… go get one! Creating milestones and goals will really help yourself, think business… all businesses have structure and so should your own life (to an extent!)

8. Clean my room

I always have an urge to clean because I feel like it’s a good alone thinking time to myself as well benefiting from a clean room! By all means I don’t do this every time I get stressed but is something that when I do clean, it does help.

9. Run a bath and get the candles out!

Do it like you see in the movies! Run a warm bath, get your candles out, turn off the lights and just have some alone time! Need I say anymore?!

10. Meditate!

Might be embarrassing but why?! Especially if no one else is around… or go to a yoga class and do it as a community! I got an app a while back when it effected my sleeping habits (still does from time to time) and it honestly helped me! Give it a go, I feel like it’s the fact you have put a side some time of your day which helps too!